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May 2019

Underworld encounters: later prehistoric funerary rites at Covesea CavesFree to students and members or £2 on the door8:00 pm - 9:30 pm School I, St Salvator’s QuadrangleThursday 9 May 2019

Event type: LectureAudience: All audiencesAcademic Schools and Departments: History
This event has been created by: Joanna Hambly jh105@st-andrews.ac.uk
Underworld encounters: later prehistoric funerary rites at Covesea Caves

Event Details

The Sculptor’s Cave, Covesea, on the south shore of the Moray Firth takes its name from the enigmatic Pictish symbols carved around its entrance walls.

These symbols, however, mark the end of more than a millennium of funerary and religious activity stretching from the Late Bronze Age to the Roman Iron Age. Recent fieldwork suggests that the Sculptor’s Cave was by no means unique; in fact it was just one of a series of caves that together formed a coastal mortuary landscape with its origins in the Early Bronze Age or even earlier.

This talk presents the results of recent work and examines the broader significance of the Covesea Caves.

Time

(Thursday) 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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